Updated, Aug. 2
The following was submitted by the Darien Parks and Recreation Department:
At long last, the Weed Beach Building Committee is pleased to announce the start of the Improvement Project. Construction will commence on Aug. 15, 2011. The comprehensive plan to revitalize the park includes:
- New bathhouse/restrooms/concession adjacent to the playground
- New paddle tennis operations building
- New sidewalks connecting sections of the beach property
- New "greener" parking areas: more landscaping and less asphalt
- Landscaping throughout the park
The project was approved by the RTM, P&Z, the Board of Finance and the Board of Selectmen in 2008 but along with all other Town capital projects. Funding was released this spring enabling the WBBC to move forward with the construction phase. [See and ]
"Good things come to those who wait and we are thrilled that the construction on the Weed Beach Improvement Project can finally begin," explained Debbie Parnon, Chairperson of the WBBC. "Without question, the project will dramatically enhance and beautify Weed Beach Park for all residents."
On Aug. 15, 2011, mobilization of construction will begin. No lifeguards will be on duty and the concession stand will be closed. Bathrooms and outside showers will now be available until Aug. 28. The bathhouse will be closed and demolition begins on Aug. 29. Parking will also be limited during construction. Residents are encouraged to go to where facilities will remain open until Sept. 30. Lifeguards will also be present at Pear Tree for the duration of the summer.
"Given its present condition, the existing bathhouse has been in great need of an overhaul for several years," explained Neil Hauck of Neil Hauck Architects, the architect for the project. "Weed Beach is a centerpiece to this coastal community and it is exciting that we will finally have a durable and aesthetically pleasing building that the entire community can enjoy."
Part of the original plan was the waterfront playground installed during June 2009. Approximately $250,000 of private funds was raised by Playground by the Sound, a 501c3 not for profit, allowing this phase of the project to move forward. For more information about the Weed Beach Improvement Project, please visit http://www.darienct.gov.